If you are over the age of 50 it’s important to understand how PAD might affect you.
Just as the arteries of the heart can become clogged, causing a heart attack or stroke, the arteries of the legs can also become clogged. Many people often think that aches, pain, and cramping in the legs are just a normal part of getting older, but these could be warning signs of peripheral artery disease (PAD). This condition affects millions of Americans, with the majority of people being over 50 years old. If you suspect that you might have peripheral artery disease, you must see a vascular physician right away. Advanced Vascular Associates have offices located in Morristown, Sparta, Pompton Plains, and Teaneck NJ.
What are the symptoms of peripheral artery disease?
Here are the signs of symptoms of PAD that you should not ignore:
- Fatigue, cramping, and heaviness in the legs
- Leg pain with activity (that goes away with rest)
- Changes in the color of your feet (causes the feet to look pale or blue)
- Pain in the feet and legs that may affect sleep
- Impeded nail growth
- Lack of hair growth on the legs
- Slow-healing wounds and sores on the feet and legs
What causes PAD?
Certain factors can increase the risk for plaque buildup in the arteries of the legs including:
- Age (being over 50 years old)
- Ethnicity (African Americans are at higher risk)
- Smoking or being a past smoker
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Personal history of heart disease
Is peripheral artery disease serious?
Yes, PAD can be dangerous if left untreated, as it raises a person’s risk for stroke and heart attack. Catching and treating PAD early on is extremely important for supporting healthy mobility and functionality while also reducing your risk for serious health complications and premature death. If you are concerned about PAD, then it’s time to schedule an appointment with your health care provider in Morristown, Sparta, Teaneck, and Pompton Plains NJ.
How is PAD treated?
The most common strategies for treating PAD including medication and lifestyle changes geared at reducing symptoms and preventing health complications such as heart attack and stroke. In some cases, surgery may be recommended. Our vascular doctors will be able to discuss the best treatment options for you based on your medical history.
Advanced Vascular Associates offer comprehensive medical care to people living in Morristown, Pompton Plains, Teaneck, and Sparta, NJ. If you are experiencing symptoms of PAD, please call (973) 540-9700 for more information.